B.A.J. in Journalism
Love video? Live for writing? Dream of media design? You've found your major.
At its core, journalism is about storytelling. From taking photos on other continents to shooting video at a playoff game, or writing words that change lives -- at the University of Mississippi, you won't simply study journalism, you'll experience it.
The journalism program offers courses in video storytelling, photojournalism, media design, social media, news and sports reporting, and magazine media among others. A variety of electives and specializations are offered, all to prepare students for working in the broad fields of visual media, media design and digital news.
In the last decade, enrollment in the School of Journalism and New Media (https://jnm.olemiss.edu/) has more than tripled. We believe that's due to our student-centered focus, our reputation for professionalism and our propensity for innovation. We hope you'll want to learn from our widely-recognized journalism and media professionals.
There are many paths you can take with journalism. In addition to our video, visual, multimedia and political/social justice reporting emphases, we offer specializations in Social Media, Sports Communication and Promotions, Visual Design, Fashion Promotion & Media, Public Relations, Magazine Publishing & Management, Health Communications and Media Sales & Management.
The University of Mississippi School of Journalism offers courses in multimedia writing, visual storytelling, social media, media design, news and sports reporting, magazine media, photo and broadcast journalism. Students learn to become critical thinkers, truth-seekers and effective communicators as they gain real-world experience in reporting. Along the way, they develop storytelling skills that can be used in a wide variety of journalism and media careers.
Students have landed jobs with the SEC Network, The New York Times, Fox News, MTV, Southern Living, CBS News, Vogue, CNN, ESPN and Elle Decor, and hundreds of local and regional news and sports organizations.
Many of our students work in the S. Gale Denley Student Media Center, where their work may be published in The Daily Mississippian (https://thedmonline.com/) newspaper or The Ole Miss yearbook. Some gain on-air experience by reporting for the campus TV station NewsWatch (http://www.newswatcholemiss.com/) or Rebel Radio.
Others choose to focus on the business side of journalism by working in advertising roles. Or they take classes that provide content for HottyToddy.com (https://hottytoddy.com/), a digital news and entertainment source for Ole Miss and Oxford.
What we teach in the classroom is applied in the real world. Students often participate in national and international reporting trips covering current issues.
In addition to hands on learning, we offer many clubs and organizations.
- Accelerated Law (3+3)
- Emphasis - Journalism Broadcast
- Emphasis - Journalism News-editorial
- Specialization - Health Communication
- Specialization - Magazine Publish & Mgmt
- Specialization - Media Sales and Mgmt
- Specialization - Public Relations
- Specialization - Social Media
- Specialization - Sports Comm & Promotion
- Specialization - Visual Design
B.A.J. in Journalism Faculty
Our small class sizes foster strong relationships with full-time and visiting faculty, who have spent years in the journalism industry working for national, state and local media outlets, including ESPN, The New York Times, Fox News, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, USA TODAY, NBC and CBS.
A B.A.J. degree requires 36 semester hours of journalism courses, including a core of the following courses: Jour 101, 102, 271, 375, 301, 371, 500, and 575. In addition to the core listed above, students must complete either an emphasis in news-editorial journalism or in broadcast journalism, plus additional specialization or elective courses in journalism to satisfy the 36-hour requirement. Journalism majors may take up to 52 semester hours of journalism courses.
The Ambassadors are a student organization comprised of journalism and IMC students who represent the School through recruitment, promotion, events and engagement.
Journalism and IMC students can become involved in the Society of Professional Journalists with opportunities to plan events, interact with media professionals and attend regional and national conferences.
Students may join the Public Relations Association of Mississippi and network with approximately 600 public relations professionals from advertising and public relations agencies, corporations, nonprofit organizations, government, education, industries and others.
The Ole Miss American Marketing Association also provides students with networking opportunities. And the Ole Miss SND is the student chapter of The Society for News Design, an organization for news media professionals and visual communicators. Ole Miss SND meets monthly, usually featuring hands-on skills training or an in-person/video-conference Q&A with an industry leader.